Archive for October 2017

Wayne Douglas is a benzo survivor who has gradually recovered over many years and who helps to organize the annual World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day (W-BAD).  He has a great deal to teach us about both the harms and recovery from these highly addictive drugs that cause so much harm to mental functioning.  His life story is inspiring as well in exemplifying how individuals can overcome environmental disadvantages and the cruelties of modern psychiatry.

Journalist and educator Patrick Hahn joins me to share a theme that has increasingly drawn my attention—the industrialization of our lives from before birth to after death.    The Pharmaceutical Empire along with the medical/psychiatric industry thinks nothing of poisoning children in the womb with drugs that cross the placenta to harm fetal development and that after birth cross through the mother’s milk to keep the deadly process going.   The giant food industry pushes substitutes for mother’s milk and the intimacy of nursing, and then continues from childhood on selling poisonous, expensive foods to make our children obese and to send them as adults into chronic illness and early graves.   Patrick does a great job focusing on his special interest, the psychopharmaceutical industry; but we also look more broadly at how much our physical and mental lives are shaped by soulless profit-making industries in collaboration with big government.  

Pam Popper, ND, PhD is the nutritionist who has vastly improved my life and my wife Ginger’s life. We have a wide-ranging talk about the similar problems in medicine, psychiatry and nutrition, most of which are driven by industrial profit making instead of sound ethics and science.   Pam and I share our mutual critiques and our vision for how it should be in these life-saving fields that too often ruin lives.   Hear about our cosponsored conference November 10-12, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio, including two talks by me and two by the amazing Peter Gøtzsche, MD from Denmark.  Peter is a real scientist , a profound critic of conventional medicine and psychiatry, and a wildly entertaining speaker; you don’t want to miss him.

My guest is Dr. Jeanne Stolzer, professor of child development and a dear friend,  who has opened my eyes to new ideas since I first met her.  Our conversation epitomizes where my thinking is going—toward the integration of nutrition and relationship as the keys to human life, going back to the unborn child in its mother’s womb and then the nursing infant and mother.   From the start of life, relationship and nutrition are inextricable.   In earlier societies, relationship and nutrition were part of the culture in the form of eating together and religious rituals.   We will become a much more physically healthy and much saner society when we improve the lives of the fetus, infant, and young child through improved nutrition and intimate relationship consistent with ages of evolution and our biological nature.   It may require society providing economic support for mothers to stay home with their children in the early years.  As Jeanne’s research confirms, nursing and intimacy in infancy are not only good for child but also for the mother’s overall  physical and mental health.  How could it be otherwise?  It is how we survived and evolved; it is built into millions of years of biological and cultural evolution!  As my own recent changes in nutrition and progressively improving relationships confirm, the benefits of good nutrition and good relationships continue into our older years.   Please listen to this show and check out my upcoming conference with nutritionist Pam Popper in Columbus, Ohio November 10-11, 2017 (, Upcoming Events). 

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour
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